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Winter artisans' market wants you

October 31, 2011

For those lamenting the end of the farmer’s market season, do not despair. The North Country Artisans’ Market (NCAM) is picking up where the Northeast Washington and Colville Farmers’ Markets left off. Vendors, merchants and artisans will be plying their wares inside the November Coalition at 282 West Astor Avenue, Colville every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.
Though last Wednesday’s market was relatively small, event organizer Sonia Christen says the event is still new and will hopefully grown as word spreads.

October 27th

The new ‘Dawg’ in town

October 27, 2011

Don “Duck’ Drake loves where he lives. He has resided in Kettle Falls his whole life and has no plans to leave. As a result of that familiarity, he is well aware of the antics people, specifically young people, can get drawn into when they are feeling the occasional monotony of small town life.

October 26th

‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’

October 26, 2011

Washington state voters will experience déjà vu when they receive their ballots this year for the Nov. 8 election. Yet another initiative (I-1183) that would privatize liquor sales in Washington is up for debate.
The initiative made headlines last week when Costco Wholesale added another $8.9 million to support the initiative, bringing its total contributions to more than $22 million, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Facing foreclosure? New law could help

October 26, 2011

With more than 10,000 Washington State homes in foreclosure in the first half of 2011 and another 76,400 homeowners seriously delinquent on their mortgages, the 2011 Washington Legislature passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
“I don’t know how it (act) has impacted local homeowners yet because it’s a relatively new law,” says Tammy Ringer of the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORS®. “But hopefully, people in our area will begin to utilize it once they learn of the available resources it provides.”

October 19th

Victory Park breaks ground

October 19, 2011

Habitat for Humanity (HFH-CVP) has started construction on its Victory Park project, a multi-home unit that is being erected on 10 acres behind Colville Wal-Mart Super Center. The unit will consist of eight two-story homes and four garages. Each home will be 1,880 square feet with an attached garage. The main floor space will 1,440 square feet and the second floor 440 square feet.
“We had hoped to break ground last fall, but we literally got our building permit the first day it snowed,” says Lisa Meddock, HFH-CVP Operations Manager.

October 13th

Rx4Life hosts Drug Take Back Day

October 13, 2011

The Drug Take Back Day in Chewelah will be Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akers United Drug to encourage the proper disposal of prescription drugs and educate the community on the epidemic problem of prescription drug abuse. This event will be held in conjunction with the National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

October 12th

Colville Hatchery closed for good?

October 12, 2011

After three years of funding from the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT), the Colville Fish Hatchery could be closing once and for all, says Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Fish Program Manager John Whalen.
The facility was slated for closure under 2009 state budget cuts.
The Colville Hatchery annually provides about 409,000 trout and Kokanee salmon fry to support recreational fishing in lakes in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

Chewelah passes ORV ordinance

October 12, 2011

In a 5 to 2 vote, the Chewelah City Council approved opening city streets to off-road vehicle (ORV) use in a move they hope will help boost tourism and improve recreation opportunities in the community. Chewelah Mayor Clancy Bauman said the city is hoping to increase its appeal to recreationists who use all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles and dune buggies. Snowmobiles are not included in the ORV ordinance. “We are hoping to draw more recreationists to our town that can ride around and stop in at our restaurants and gas stations,” Bauman said.

October 5th

‘To keep a civilized society’

October 5, 2011

The Stevens County Commissioners will be asking voters for a sales tax increase this fall to fund one of the county services that Commissioner Malcolm Friedman said helps “keep a civilized society.”
“There are a few basic services that keep us a civilized society, like road maintenance, law enforcement and courts,” said Friedman.

Have a fall event for the paper?

October 5, 2011

As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, people start to look for activities to bring them together and take their minds off the impending winter snow. Have an event you would like to see publicized? Perhaps a harvest or Halloween party? Get in touch with the Statesman-Examiner and let us know! Email Chris Cowbrough at publisher@statesmanexaminer.com or Sophia Aldous at sophia@statesmanexaminer.com.
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